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Naproxen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. It inhibits cyclooxygenase thus reducing ...Read more


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Is it bad to take Aleve (naproxen) everyday for headaches?

Symptoms vs Cure: Not in general. But wouldn't it be a better approach to find out the cause of the headaches and treat that rather than just treating the symptoms of the headache? ...Read more

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Is Aleve (naproxen) effective for tension headaches?

Is Aleve (naproxen) effective for tension headaches?

Yes: Aleve is a trade name for naproxen, a long-acting non-steroidal anti-inflammatory that can help fevers and pain of different kinds, including headaches. ...Read more

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I'm on Plavix and have a bad headache. Can I take an Aleve?

I'm on Plavix and have a bad headache. Can I take an Aleve?

Caution: I would avoid taking non steroidal products along with plavix due to the increased risk of bleeding with the mix.
Simple tylenol may be a better choice. Should the headache become very severe, change your vision or get nausous go to the ER ...Read more

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Aleve (naproxen) for headaches. Is it bad to take everyday? Wat else could I try?

Aleve (naproxen) for headaches. Is it bad to take everyday? Wat else could I try?

Not recommended: Daily. Patients who use acute medications excessively to alleviate migraine are at risk for developing analgesic rebound headache and drug-induced headache. These patients may also use medications provided by family and friends and it is not unusual for a migraine patient to use both prescription and nonprescription analgesics at the same time.
Rec. See headache and orofacial pain specialist. ...Read more

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I am nine weeks pregnant and took two 200 mg Aleve for a headache. Will it harm my baby?

I am nine weeks pregnant and took two 200 mg Aleve for a headache. Will it harm my baby?

Pregnancy and drugs: You are right to be concerned about taking medication during pregnancy. Discuss with your doctor the recommended treatments for simple complaints like colds and headaches during pregnancy. S/he may prefer Tylenol or acetaminophen, for example. A single dose of Aleve should not cause a problem, even at 9 weeks. ...Read more

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Should I take more Aleve (naproxen) to relieve my headache? What would happen if I took too high of a dose?

Should I take more Aleve (naproxen) to relieve my headache? What would happen if I took too high of a dose?

No: If you are not getting relief from the normal dose of aleve (naproxen) see your doctor for an evaluation. Doubling up on your aleve (naproxen) increases the risk of side effects which are often deleterious to various organ systems including the GI and renal systems. ...Read more

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I've been waking up with headaches that last all day even when taking aleve (naproxen). What's causing this?

Get it evaluated: There is no why to tell you. You need to see a doctor and have the headaches evaluated including a ct or MRI of the head. ...Read more

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I experience headaches almost daily with a full blown migraine at least once a month. I am currently on 100mg Imitrex for the migraines and I usually take Aleve for my day to day headaches. Is there anything else I can to to potentially eliminate these he

I experience headaches almost daily with a full blown migraine at least once a month. I am currently on 100mg Imitrex for the migraines and I usually take Aleve for my day to day headaches. Is there anything else I can to to potentially eliminate these he

HEADACHE: You should be under consultation with a neurologist if with recurrent migraine. Make sure your ct scan of the brain is normal. There are rx to prevent the attack and other rx to abort it aside from your present meds. ...Read more

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Can I take Aleve (naproxen) for my headache due to a hangover?

Can I take Aleve (naproxen) for my headache due to a hangover?

Sure: Also keep yourself hydrated with liquids not including alcohol. Maybe time to consider if you need to indulge so much that you get said hangover. ...Read more

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I took 2 aleves (naproxen) about 30-45 mins ago for a bad headache but it's not working can I take an excedrin?

Issues: Aleve contains naproxen sodium, and is similar to Excedrin which contains aspirin another NSAID, so there could be additive gastrointestinal adverse effects. Better to contact your doctor and use a different approach. ...Read more

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Headaches that started with a concussion 2 years ago. They can be relieved with Aleve (naproxen) but never seem to really go away.

Possible neck source: Many times the ha could be cericogenic in nature after concussion, which means coming from the neck, the best treatmnet will include nerve block to the neck are, I recommend a visit to pain dr ...Read more

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Been taking 4 Aleve (naproxen) a day for many many years. What is a good titration schedule to go off of it, to help avoid rebound headaches?

See details: You do not need to taper but if you want, just reduce the daily aleve (naproxen) dose by one tablet each week. In order words, take 3 tabs daily for 1 week, then 2 tabs daily for the next week, etc. ...Read more

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I took 16 Aleve pills, 10 Advil pills, and 4 tylenol (acetaminophen) pills in the past 10 hours for a slight headache. What symptoms may occur and should I see a dr?

I took 16 Aleve pills, 10 Advil pills, and 4 tylenol (acetaminophen) pills in the past 10 hours for a slight headache. What symptoms may occur and should I see a dr?

Get Help ASAP!: Tylenol (acetaminophen) is safe up to 4, 000 mg a day. NSAIDs: 16 aleve pills and 10 advils maybe enough to make a hole in the stomach and it can seriously damage your liver. Bleeding to death internally is very painful. Get help ASAP! ...Read more

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Can I take exedrin after taking Aleve (naproxen) for headache? . Will asperin and Aleve (naproxen) interact? .

Stomach aches: The combination (+/- the advil in your medication list) can lead to significant stomach upset/pain also can effect platelet function (risk of bleeding).Repeated exposures put you at risk for more serious consequences. Better to pick one NSAID (Exedrin or Aleve (naproxen) or Advil), be sure to use in appropriate doses. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Have a headache today. Is it safe to take an Aleve (naproxen) or Advil twice in one day, to make it go away?

Have a headache today. Is it safe to take an Aleve (naproxen) or Advil twice in one day, to make it go away?

Yes: Aleve (naproxen) can be taken twice per day and advil can be take three times per day. These should snot be taken together. Use one or the other. If the headache persists then see your pcp. ...Read more

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I normally take tylenol (acetaminophen) for headaches. But is it better to take something like advil or aleve if I have a few beers in me?

I normally take tylenol (acetaminophen) for headaches. But is it better to take something like advil or aleve if I have a few beers in me?

Together can get ulc: Together the alcohol and the advil or aleve (naproxen) can lead to increased gastric irritation including gastritis and ulcers. These can be integrated into you general helath issues with your physician. ...Read more

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I took 2 Aleve for a headache, and accidentally took 2 more a few hours later. (brain fart, was supposed to take an unrelated prescription) should I be?

I took 2 Aleve for a headache, and accidentally took 2 more a few hours later. (brain fart, was supposed to take an unrelated prescription) should I be?

No trouble.: Normal dosing for Aleve is 220mg twice a day. The prescription form is Naprosyn (naproxen) 500mg twice a day. Your taking double Aleve (220mg x2 = 440mg) twice in 24 hours should not be a problem. ...Read more

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I normally take tylenol (acetaminophen) if I have a headache. But is it better to take something like advil or aleve if I had a headache after a night of drinking?

I normally take tylenol (acetaminophen) if I have a headache. But is it better to take something like advil or aleve if I had a headache after a night of drinking?

Hanover headache: Tylenol (acetaminophen) for hangover headaches doesn't do much, according to my patients. Aleve liquid caplets seem to help the best. 1-2 tabs can last 12-24 hours. Or you can also try exceedrin migraine, which has some caffeine (small amount), Tylenol (acetaminophen) and aspirin. My patients have also had good results with this. ...Read more

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I've got a pretty bad headache and it's time for my nightly dose of 10mg amitriptyline. Can I take Aleve or tylenol (acetaminophen) the same time I take amitriptyline?

Amitriptyline: Often, low dose Amitriptyline is prescribed to treat insomnia and headaches itself. Have you been on it long? It may be difficult to tell if it is helpful with headaches if you take it with an analgesic. I would try calling the prescriber and updating him/her re : your headache symptoms. ...Read more

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Have a mild dull headache for a few days now. No fever or other symptoms. But going through rough emotional time past 2 or 3 weeks - could this be the cause? Would Aleve (naproxen) help headache at all or only fixing stemming root problems?

Have a mild dull headache for a few days now. No fever or other symptoms. But going through rough emotional time past 2 or 3 weeks - could this be the cause? Would Aleve (naproxen) help headache at all or only fixing stemming root problems?

See a doctor: Hi, emotional problems can definitely bring on or worsen headaches. Aleve (naproxen) may help a little, but you are right: you need to fix the root problems. However, we cannot rule out other causes for your headaches. So it's probably best to talk to a doctor. At the very least, talking about your emotional problems may help headaches. ...Read more

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